Hiroshima, Japan – Mazda will establish a vehicle production facility in Mexico and a sales company in Brazil, in alliance with Sumitomo Corporation. Through their new joint ventures, the two companies intend to enhance both companies’ businesses in the Central and South American markets.
The Mexico facility will include vehicle and engine assembly plants and will be established as a compact vehicle manufacturing hub mainly for Central and South America. It will be constructed in Salamanca, about 250 km northwest of Mexico City, and is scheduled to begin operations in 2013 or 2014. It will produce and Mazda2 and Mazda3 and will have an annual production capacity of 140,000 units.
The Brazilian sales company will begin operations in 2012 and will initially sell vehicles imported from Japan. When the Mexican facility is completed, it will also sell vehicles shipped from that plant. Currently, Brazil is the world’s fourth-largest automobile market, following China, the U.S. and Japan.